Although the weekend’s weather forecast is gloomy, don’t let that deter you from making some fun weekend plans. With the unpredictable weather on Vancouver Island, who really knows what weather we will get?

There are still plenty of things to do despite the weather, here are 11 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, June 12th-13th. 

Experience the Bay Centre’s ‘Canopy in Bloom’ 

If you want to view a beautiful dried floral archway and support mental health initiatives in Victoria, visit the Bay Centre’s ‘Canopy in Bloom’ display. During your visit, be sure to take a photo and post to social media using the hashtags #CanopyinBloom and #BlueLoveCampaign.

  • Where: Centre Court of the Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas Street
  • When: Open shopping centre hours, everyday until September 20th

Try a new local beer

As we near summer, local breweries have already begun launching their new seasonal beer options. Vancouver Island is home to some amazing local breweries for you to enjoy. 

If you’re not sure where to start, we have you covered with a list of 31 seasonal Vancouver Island beers to cool down with this summer.

Westshore Artisan Summer Market

This weekend only, the Pacific Coast Market Collective presents the Westshore Artisan Summer Market! Browse through the creations of 35+ talented local artisans and pick up something new. 

  • Where: 2945 Jacklin Rd, Westshore Town Centre, in the parking lot near Winners / Homesense and Cineplex.
  • When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 12th and 13th

Take a Day Trip on Vancouver Island

 

Currently, provincial restrictions allow us to explore within our health authority. Thankfully for us, we live in an incredibly beautiful place with so much to explore. Take a day trip around the island to experience a new place you’ve never been and feel like you’re on vacation right here at home. 

If you aren’t sure where to go, here are 5 fun day trips to enjoy on Vancouver Island!

Donate to Victoria’s Community Fridge

Victoria’s first Community Fridge has opened in Rock Bay, to assist in ensuring all residents have access to food. Locals can visit, take whatever they need, or donate to help support those in need. Before donating, please look at their list of donation guidelines

  • Where: 2725 Rock Bay Avenue
  • When: The Community Fridge is open 24/7

Play Little Free Library Bingo

The Little Free Libraries, located across Greater Victoria, have launched their very own Bingo game! Visit a Little Free Library near you to pick up a card (or download one here) and explore your neighbourhood for more libraries to complete your card. 

Learn about Orcas at the Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum’s feature exhibit showcases the spirit of BC’s wild coast, orca whales. In the exhibit, ‘Orcas: Our Shared Future’, visitors will learn about various orca populations, the complex structure of orca groups and the consequences of captivity. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance. 

  • Where: 675 Belleville Street, Royal BC Museum
  • When: Tickets available 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.
  • Tickets: $26.95 Adults (19-64), $18.95 Senior (65+) or Student (19+ with valid student ID), $16.95 Youth (6-18).  

Sample local wine, ciders and spirits with the ‘Island’s Passport’

The ‘Islands Passport’ is a road map to the best wineries, distilleries and ciders on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Created by the coordinators of the Victoria International Wine Festival and Cheese and Meat Festival, the ‘Island Passport’ includes 20 different vendors to explore. 

  • Where: All across Vancouver and the Gulf Islands!
  • When: Available now, and can be used until May 2022.
  • Price: $39.99 each
  • To buy: Grab yours online today!

Take a Victoria Food Tour

A Taste of Victoria Food Tours offers rain or shine tours through downtown Victoria, showcasing the best local cuisine the city has to offer. 

The Tour begins at Victoria Public Market and includes stops in Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government Street and the Inner Harbour, with 6 to 8 local tastings along the route. 

Reserve your spot online.

  • Where: Tour begins at Victoria Public Market, #6 1701 Douglas Street
  • When: Tours depart at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday
  • Price: $59.95 per person

Cozy up with a new book

The rainy weather is the perfect time to get cozy with a good book. Try something new by visiting a local Victoria bookstore. Ideas include Russel’s Books, Munro’s Books and Bolen Books

And if you’re looking for something to do Friday night…

Experience the symphony at home

The Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria have come together to perform in an online symphony. 

This Friday, the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings premiers online in an immersive experience.

Just a reminder: As recommended by BC’s health officials, unessential travel in the province is not recommended at this time. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted but people are asked to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. When attending any events, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, including proper physical distancing and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, stay home!

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